Spirit welcomes Airbus additions

Spirit Airlines has announced it will take delivery of five new Airbus A319 aircraft throughout November and December 2006.The aircraft were purchased from Spirit and leased backed to the airline by GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS).

“We couldn’t be more proud that GECAS has once again shown their confidence in Spirit with financial backing for our Airbus fleet,” said Ben Baldanza, president and chief executive officer of Spirit Airlines. “It is especially gratifying that GECAS is participating in the financing of Spirit’s future with the new Airbus A319s. This latest round of aircraft deliveries ensures Spirit’s continued growth and ability to continue to provide the great low fare service we’ve come to be known for.”

“We are delighted to lease these new aircraft to Spirit to help the airline expand their new fleet,” said Declan Kelly, senior vice president for GECAS.

Spirit’s Airbus A319 aircraft seats 138 passengers, eight in Spirit Plus business class and 130 in its comfortable Coach class with all leather seating throughout the cabin.

With today’s announcement, Spirit’s fleet consists of 25 Airbus A319s and six Airbus A321s. Spirit completed its transition to an all Airbus fleet in September 2006 and has the youngest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the Americas.